Welcome newbies and seasoned travel veterans to Authors Dish. With less than a week for many until Romance Writers of America 2019 I’m curious what authors and industry professionals always include in their suitcases, what they stash in their conference bag to avoid hunger pains and the things they forget once and hopefully never again.

While some of the authors contributing are not attending, we love they want to hang out and play. We hope their words of wisdom help to ease any anxiety you might have getting all the things in your suitcase.  

May these posts inspire you to shop early, make your lists, and triple check so you are prepared for just about anything. If you’re heading to #RWA19 soon comment below so we can meet up in NYC.

Thank you to all who have dished and those who are still sharing their wisdom.  Stay tuned for more comments and follow the blog so you don’t miss these posts.

Today in the cafe is Author Denny Bryce sharing her thoughts as we post our final few days this week. 

Denny S. Bryce’s Classic BAD Packing Tips (and a travel note 🙂 )…

And yes, these tips are based on experience (things, I’ve actually done). And believe me, I wish I were pretending, but just ask some of my pals– Avery Flynn, Pintip Dunn, Vanessa Riley, Xio Axelrod, Veronica Forand, Leslye Penelope—tell me, these aren’t classic DENNY moments :)!

Packing Tip #1: Do not pack until the night before. Seriously, why do it a moment sooner, what do you accomplish? You just keep going back to the suitcase and hunting for things you need, which you likely packed first, which then means, you must empty the suitcase to find what you need. Stress can be minimized, I swear, by packing the night before!

Packing Tip #2: Bring only three-inch heels to show off your gams as you walk around the cement streets of NYC. You can always buy a pair of flats on the corner (plenty of corner shopping carts in NYC). The shoes will last a lifetime, too (add manic laugh, here).

Packing Tip #3: Don’t bring a makeup bag – leave it on the bed, under the sheets. That way, you can make the trip (10 blocks, I believe) to Macy’s and buy all new makeup.

Travel Tip #1 and Only: Arrive at all airports 30 minutes before the departure time. Do not RUN through airports, do not pre-arrange your TSA credentials, and do not worry – missing a flight is not the worst thing in the world! It’s par for how I like to roll!

Can’t wait to see you at RWA’s 2019 annual conference! NYC here we come!





Rae: Thank you so much Denny!

Readers, what’s the ONE thing you always forget and swear to include next time when you travel? How do you make sure that you remember ;).

I’ll be keeping a running list and will post it later this week so that hopefully no one needs to make a quick run to the lobby market or drug store around the corner. I’ll see you soon for new authors and more ideas!

For more packing ideas if you’re at RWA be sure to check out the following session for more tips and tricks. I know I will!

20/20 Sessions

(Sessions repeated 3 times in an hour: 3:15 – 3:35 p.m., 3:35 – 3:55 p.m., 3:55 – 4:15 p.m.)

Cheapskates Unite! How to Do RWA Nationals on a Budget
 Tawna Fenske

We’re all on a budget. Learn how to save money on flights to the RWA Annual Conference (or any conference or convention) using rewards programs and comparison websites like Kayak. You’ll discover how not to go broke buying conference clothing, as well as how to save on meals. As a bonus, you’ll learn how to never pay baggage fees again by using only a carry-on or two, no matter the length of your trip.



Denny writes historical fiction and urban fantasy. Her debut novel, WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES, will release in 2021 from Kensington Publishing.

A public relations professional, she spent more than 20 years running her marketing and public relations firm. For nearly 10 of those years, she wrote and read Buffy/Spike fan fiction. Before fanfiction, and her days as a PR Diva, she was a professional dancer, part-time singer, and “bad” actress. She worked with professional dance companies in Chicago and New York, and on a theatrical production, which almost debuted off-off-off-Broadway.

A three-time Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart® finalist, she won the Golden Heart® in 2014. In addition to writing novels, she also writes for NPR BooksWashington Independent Review of Books, and FROLIC Media, where she recaps episodes of OUTLANDER on Starz.

You can follow her on:

Twitter (https://twitter.com/dennysbryce)

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dennysbryce/),

Her FB author page (https://www.facebook.com/dennysbryceauthor/)

Her website: https://dennysbryce.com/



In case you missed our other posts here’s the recap so far:

7-11-19: Authors Dish RWA19 with USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist Tawna Fenske, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman, and Author Lori Ann Bailey

7-10-19: Authors Dish RWA with USA Today Bestselling Author Andie J. Christopher, Author Damon Suede, and Author Jenn LeBlanc

7-8-19: Authors Dish RWA with USA Today Bestselling Author Liz Talley, USA Today Best Selling Author K.M. Jackson and USA Today Bestselling Author Priscilla Oliveras

7-5-19 Authors Dish RWA2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Annie West, Author Anna Campbell, and Author Geri Krotow

7-3-19 Authors Dish RWA2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Eliza Knight, Author Golden Czermak, and Author Olivia Dade

7-2-19:Authors Dish RWA 7-2-2019 with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cathy Maxwell, Author Tarina Deaton, and Author Tonya Burrows7-1-19: Authros Dish RWA 2019 – USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Covington, Author Kelly Maher, and Author Cate Taylor

6-30-19 USA Today Bestselling Author Naima Simone, Author Nancy Northcott, and Author Gail Z. Martin / Morgan Brice

6-29-19 Authors Dish RWA 2019 with USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Ferrell, Author Jeanne Adams, and Author Olivia Hardin

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